Whitaker said to be staying on Russia case
Acting attorney general has written about the investigation in the past
WASHINGTON—Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker has no intention of recusing himself from overseeing the special counsel probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to people close to him who added they do not believe he would approve any subpoena of U.S. President Donald Trump as part of that investigation.
Since stepping into his new role on Wednesday, Whitaker has faced questions — principally from Democrats — about whether he should recuse from the Russia investigation, given that he has written opinion pieces in the past about the investigation, and is a friend and political ally of a witness.
On Thursday, two people close to Whitaker said he has no intention of taking himself off the Russia case.
Ethics officials at the Justice Department are likely to review his past work to see if he has any financial or personal conflicts.
In many instances, that office does not require a Justice Department official to recuse, but suggests a course of action.
In the past, senior Justice Department officials tend to follow such advice, but they are rarely required to do so, according to officials familiar with the process.
A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment.
The two people close to Whitaker also said they strongly believe he would not approve any request from special counsel Robert Mueller to subpoena the president.
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